Weekly Report 2 Oct 08

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Weekly Report 2 Oct 08

Post by Brad » Thu Oct 02, 2008 5:10 pm

The top end of the Rous Channel has experienced some decent pelagic activity over the last week with both mackerel and tuna being caught there. School mackerel appear to be the most common although one group of anglers reported catching a couple of spotties also. Most have been taken in the top end of the Rous between the last two red beacons and first green. Brown’s Gutter has also fished well for school mackerel and has probably been the most consistent area. Trolling spoons behind paravanes and drifting lightly weighted pillies has worked well for many anglers. Mack tuna to around 4kg have been caught in various areas right throughout the Rous Channel. Most have been taken on small chrome slices or baitfish profiled flies. A few small frigate tuna and bonito have also been around but have been very flighty and hard to tempt in most cases.

School mackerel have been scoffing plastics meant for snapper and other species along the edges of the reef on the western side of Peel at times. In most cases the anglers have been bitten off but a few have been landed. Longtails have also been patrolling this precinct and if you are lucky to be close enough for a cast as they come in and feed on the small schools of hardiheads, then you are usually in for some fun. They have been feeding well wide of this area as well and all the way over to the Naval Reserve Banks. Generally they have been a little harder to tempt when wide of the reef and your best option would be a baitfish profiled fly such as a bay bait, surf candy or polar fibre minnow. Small plastics are also worth a try. A few school mackerel have been caught by anglers drifting pillies along the edges of prominent ledges and reef around the bay islands and the beacons in the northern bay. Jigging the beacons with chrome slugs will also work if there are a few resident fish that are active.

Snapper continue to be caught on plastics around the bay islands however the numbers reported have dwindled somewhat. This could be because less are being caught, or fewer anglers are targeting them. It is still worth the effort though with the best action being wide of the bay islands in depths of 7m or more, due to the clear water. Live baits fished around the beacons in the northern bay, Comboyuro Ledge, Curtain Artificial and Caloundra 4 Mile Grounds have produced a few quality cobia. They have not been as numerous as in recent years but hopefully the best action is yet to come. Larger live baits are your best bet.

Flathead are the flavour of the month for estuary anglers with good numbers being reported from all estuaries and creeks that feed into the bay. The flathead Classic is on this weekend so anglers in the Broadwater to Jumpinpin area will probably find an increased number of anglers targeting them. Trolling lures, casting plastics and drifting baits will all work on the humble flathead. They are probably the easiest of all species to catch because they will eat almost anything they see. There are also plenty of land-based areas where you can catch flathead such as the mouth of the Pine River, Scarborough foreshore, and the flats at the mouths of most creeks and rivers. I managed a few at the mouth of Nudgee Creek during the week and although they were big (largest 45cm) they were a lot of fun to catch. Casting and retrieving curl-tail style soft plastics is probably the easiest way for those new to catching them. Keep the plastic moving and near the bottom and you are in with a great chance. Keep covering new areas and before too long you will come across one. Plenty of whiting have also been caught in the estuaries as well as the various banks and shallow gutters in the bay. Try Maroom Banks, Sand Hills, Small Ships Channel, Rous Channel, Blue Hole and any other banks. Worms or thin strips of squid will give you the best chance of success whilst drifting these areas.

A few squid are still being caught in the shallows around rubbly reef and weed bed areas. Try Goat Island, Bird Island, north-eastern side of Peel, eastern side of St. Helena, Northern side of Mud, weed beds along the eastern side of Moreton and any other similar areas. Night sessions around the various jetties, especially those with lights will also produce a few.
May your bait be nervous. Gordon Macdonald.

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